Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is living a nightmare in recent days. Since his arrival in Australia last week, he has had to be locked up and not knowing what would happen to his future and if he could play the Australian Open, which will start in a few days. yesor refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite the fact that he claims to have the necessary medical papers to be able to be in the country, they have immersed him in a horrendous situation, although the Australian authorities, just as they are doing all over the world, They warned him of the regulations that he has to comply with and among them, a person has to be vaccinated to be able to enter the territory.
Perhaps, the general public, being more or less informed of the situation, may think that the treatment they are suffering from the immigration minister and the cabinet of the country’s government may be, among other qualifications, severe, harsh or unfair. . However, Australia has been blunt in its immigration policy for many years, historically known as “white Australia” and that in recent years has been “flexible” in some aspects. So drastic that they have been criticized and condemned by critics, and so rigid that they themselves warn that “don’t trust yourself or you’ll regret it later”.
The far-right British columnist and presenter, Katie Hophinks, Especially known for joking and, of course, not complying with the health protocols to combat the coronavirus, she was already fined and deported from Australia in July of last year. “Quarantines are the biggest deception in the history of humanity,” he said during his isolation in Sydney, once he had arrived in the country and was alerted that he had to be isolated for a few days.
Long before the covid-19 pandemic, the Australian authorities were especially controversial since they denied entry to the rapper Snoop Dogg, to whom they insisted that his criminal record was the main reason for his prohibition. And in 2015, they even threatened to euthanize Pistol and Boo, the actors’ dogs. Johnny Depp Y Amber heard, who had sneaked into the country on the couple’s private jet and luckily survived.
The Government of Australia canceled this Friday for the second time the visa of the world number one tennis player, who will be detained on Saturday while waiting for a court hearing to be held this weekend in which he will try to avoid his deportation. “Today I have exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Immigration Act to cancel the visa of the Novak Djokovic based on health reasons and the maintenance of order as it is in the public interest,” Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a brief statement, noting that he “carefully” weighed the information provided by the parties.
When Australia formed its federal government in 1901, one of his first orders was the Immigration Restriction Act, designed to keep people of color from Asia or Pacific Islands, among others, away. Until 1970, the “white Australia” was in force, without getting rid of controversies such as the one that happened with the Filipino-American Lorenzo Gamboa, a member of the US army who was denied entry.
After several days studying the case, the minister decided today to cancel Djokovic’s visa again with the intention of expelling him from the country, which could also mean a three-year ban on returning to Australia.
In 2001, Australia launched the “Pacific Solution”, whereby asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by boat were sent to detention centers in Papua New Guinea or Nauru to not allow them to remain on Australian territory. “The Morrison Government is strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hawke said in a statement on Friday.
Journalist Behrouz Boochani, who had fled Iran, was held against his will on the islands for six years. He managed to escape to New Zealand, where he now lives. Both countries, for decades, have had several tensions in relation to the matter of Australian immigration, since the country led by Scott Morrison began to apply stricter policies for the deportation of criminals to New Zealand. For example, the Islamic State militant suhayra aden, who were arrested in Turkey.
Under the Migration Act, visas work to allow non-citizens to travel, enter and stay in Australia for a specified or indefinite period. The law explains that “all non-citizens who wish to enter Australia to visit or reside here must have a visa which allows them to enter and stay in Australia”. A decision by a Department official to refuse a visa application or sponsorship application may be reviewed, generally provided that one of the parties with an interest in the application is present in Australia.
Among other laws, in Australia it is forbidden to drink alcohol on the streets, put your feet up on chairs on public transport or take pets on the train. Its customs controls are perhaps the toughest in the world. And even if a person forgets an object, they could be taken to jail if the authorities consider that they have littered; if he does not end up in prison, the economic fines are especially high.
As long as the visa requirements can be met by both the individual and the sponsor, bona fide applicants should have “little difficulty being granted the visa they seek when entry to the country is sought for work or business purposes,” says the law.
Regarding the Djokovic case, the controversy occurs at a delicate moment in Australia, which is holding elections this year and is experiencing its worst wave of covid-19 due to the omicron variant, which has shot up cases from less than 2,000 in December to an average over 100,000 this week. Likewise, the restrictions and measures to stop the expansion of the coronavirus have been intensified, with their corresponding and harsh economic or criminal measures, while for a foreign person, in addition to that, deportation is included, the punishment of not being able to return to the country in a certain time and even being named a person “non-grata” in the country, with a lifetime entry ban.